Liberty is an inherently offensive lifestyle. Living in a free society guarantees that each one of us will see our most cherished principles and beliefs questioned and in some cases mocked. That psychic discomfort is the price we pay for basic civic peace. It's worth it. It's a pragmatic principle. Defend everyone else's rights, because if you don't there is no one to defend yours. -- MaxedOutMama

I don't just want gun rights... I want individual liberty, a culture of self-reliance....I want the whole bloody thing. -- Kim du Toit

The most glaring example of the cognitive dissonance on the left is the concept that human beings are inherently good, yet at the same time cannot be trusted with any kind of weapon, unless the magic fairy dust of government authority gets sprinkled upon them.-- Moshe Ben-David

The cult of the left believes that it is engaged in a great apocalyptic battle with corporations and industrialists for the ownership of the unthinking masses. Its acolytes see themselves as the individuals who have been "liberated" to think for themselves. They make choices. You however are just a member of the unthinking masses. You are not really a person, but only respond to the agendas of your corporate overlords. If you eat too much, it's because corporations make you eat. If you kill, it's because corporations encourage you to buy guns. You are not an individual. You are a social problem. -- Sultan Knish

All politics in this country now is just dress rehearsal for civil war. -- Billy Beck

Friday, October 02, 2009

Dan Rather is Nuts

Dan Rather is Nuts

I traveled yesterday, and my rental car had Sirius satellite radio, so I skipped through a lot of channels looking for something interesting to listen to on my trip. FOX News' Neil Cavuto interviewed Dan Rather, since his $70 million lawsuit against CBS had just been thrown out of court. Part of the interview is here.

Some excerpts:
Rather: We have strong documented evidence that what you have had here, you've had a large corporation, Viacom CBS, that basically buried an important news story in order to curry favor with and protect political interests who regulate them in Washington.

Cavuto: But they did let the story run, right? I mean, wasn't the issue with the quality of the documents that would support your story?

Rather: That was an issue, but the basic issue was whether we reported the truth. Was the story true.

Cavuto: And you stand by the story to this day that it was accurate.

Rather: I do.
Fake but accurate!
Rather: I stand by the story as we reported it as accurate. But here's the important thing . . .

Cavuto: By the way, to that end then the documents that seemed to, to some experts reckoning to be forged or faked, you say no.

Rather: I do. What I say - and this is very important to me, and I think to any reasonable person who's trying to be fair about this - and that is that no one to this day, although you read about the documents were quote "forged," that they were frauds, quote unquote, nobody has proven that.
I think he really believes that. As a "reasonable person who's trying to be fair," the side-by-side comparison of the CBS memos showing identical documents printed out using Microsoft Word at its default settings pretty much convinced me that the CBS documents were absolute, unalloyed, incompetent FAKES - and with that conclusion, anything else 60 Minutes II, CBS News and Dan Rather had to say to me was not only suspect, it was false until proven otherwise.

The only question I have now is whether Dan was nuts before he ran with the story, or did its exposure drive him over the brink?

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